NorthStar Horizon computer, 1979

Made:
1979 in Berkeley
maker:
North Star Computers

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NorthStar Horizon computer, made by North Star Computers, Berkeley, California, United States, 1979.

The NorthStar Horizon was one of the earliest computers to have built in floppy disc drives. It was sold with a walnut-stained plywood case, which by today's standards would be considered a serious fire hazard. It could be bought ready built, or in a self-assembly kit form. The machine had its own operating system, the North Star Disc Operating System, but could also run CP/M, an early mass-market operating system. It was mainly bought by the professional market and universities.

Details

Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
2005-647
Materials:
metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified) and plywood
type:
personal computer
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • computer
credit:
Donated by Roy Foster